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Bus Danger Zone

The danger zone for a school bus is the area 10 feet around the bus.The two most dangerous places are:
Front of the bus

Right rear tire area
Please take the time to check your children’s clothing and book bags to
make sure they are safe.

Talk to your child about:
Avoiding the danger zone around the bus.
Do not try to pick up something dropped near the bus. The bus driver might not see you.
Remembering that some motorists do not always stop for a stopped school bus.

Being careful whenever getting on or off the bus

Parents are very important in helping keep children safe on the school bus. Parents can help by:

Reviewing the safety rules with children. Help them understand why each rule is important.

Dressing children in light colored clothing or jackets on dark mornings.

Help children to be ready at the stop before their bus arrives.

Take turns supervising bus stops for smaller children.

Motorists around school buses need to know the signals and laws that concern school buses to help keep children safe:

Do not pass a school bus that has their alternating flashing lights on. This is the signal that the bus is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic should not move until the bus resumes motion or the driver signals traffic to proceed.

When a bus has alternating flashing amber (yellow) lights on it is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Be ready to stop and watch for children in the roadway.

Bus drivers help to keep children safe in several ways:

Drivers watch surrounding traffic closely to keep school children safe.

Drivers will signal to children that need to cross the street only when traffic has stopped.

If an emergency vehicle approaches while loading or unloading the driver will get the children to a place of safety until the emergency vehicle passes.